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Maine Police Stumped by Rise in Pedestrian Deaths in 2015

Maine law enforcement officials are perplexed by a troubling year-end statistic: 2015 has been the worst year for pedestrian deaths in nearly two decades. Numbers compiled by the Maine Department of Transportation and Maine Bureau of Public Safety indicate 18 …

Maine Pedestrian Deaths in 2015 Highest in Past 10 Years

The Maine Department of Public Safety says more pedestrians in the state have been killed by motor vehicles in 2015 than any other year in at least a decade. The Portland Press Herald reports state records show 16 Mainers have …

Vermont Trooper Specializes in Speeders on I-89 Hotspot

A stretch of the southbound side of Interstate 89 in Vermont is a hotspot for speeders traveling faster than 100 miles per hour and a member of the Vermont State Police’s traffic safety unit has made a specialty of catching …

Feds: Axle From Duck Boat in Deadly Washington Crash Sheared Off

Federal investigators say the left front axle of a duck boat involved in a deadly Seattle, Wash. accident was sheared off, but they don’t know if it was damaged before the collision with a charter bus that killed four international …

New Mexico Police Use Software to Stop Distracted Driving

Farmington police may be the first in New Mexico to crack down on distracted officers who try to use a patrol computer while driving. New software to prevent distracted driving has been installed in most of the department’s vehicles in …

New York Police Issued More Than 10K Tickets Over July 4th Weekend

New York state troopers say they issued more than 10,000 tickets over the July 4th holiday weekend. State police once again this year beefed up enforcement against holiday drivers who were impaired, distracted, speeding or who were not buckled up. …

Washington Cameras Catch Drivers Illegally Passing School Buses

A school district in Pierce County, Wash. has issued an average of 30 citations a month since it mounted cameras on school buses last winter to catch drivers illegally passing buses. The News Tribune of Tacoma reported that the violations, …

Michigan Rail Project to Eliminate Dangerous Crossing

Officials say a project to extend a rail line in a DTE Energy Co. rail yard in suburban Detroit, Mich. is designed to improve safety and traffic flow. Work begins July 13 in Trenton. The yard holds trains delivering coal …

Thousands of Utahans Nailed for Violating New Seat Belt Law

Thousands of motorists have been cited since a tougher Utah seat belt law went into effect nearly two months ago, state transportation officials said. More than 6,000 drivers have been caught not wearing seat belts since the law was enacted …

Colorado to Join ‘Zero Deaths’ Traffic Safety Plan

Colorado is signing on to a national effort to reduce traffic deaths dramatically – all the way to zero. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper plans to tout the effort Monday afternoon at the Capitol. Six years ago the national Governors Highway …